Jul 12 2012

Torch Relay in Harrow – Full details

Wednesday 25th July 2012 marks a moment in the history of Harrow as the Olympic Torch Relay passes through the borough on its way to the London 2012 Games arriving two days later for the opening ceremony.The Olympic flame starts its journey at the historic Headstone Manor before traveling through Wealdstone, Harrow Town Centre and over Harrow-on-the-Hill. A map with full details of the route is available at: http://www.harrow.gov.uk/torch.

Headstone Manor

09.17am – The flame is lit and starts from Headstone Manor to the sound of a trumpet fanfare. Vaughan school are performing a specially created dance piece, and there will be medieval combat demonstrations. Access to Headstone Manor is strictly by invitation only. Once out of the museum the flame will do a lap of the Bessborough cricket ground before setting off down Pinner View and along Headstone Drive.

10.00am – Once the flame departs Headstone Manor & Museum opens its doors to all for a family fun day with workshops, displays and demonstrations continuing until 2pm.

Bessborough Cricket Ground

08.30am – A demonstration cricket match will be taking place before the flame takes a lap of the boundary at around 9.19am

Palmerston Road/ Siddhashram International Centre

09.00am – Dancers and dohl drummers will perform in advance of the flame’s arrival

09.41am – The flame reaches Palmerston Road

Civic Centre, Station Road

09.00am – Cheerleaders will be getting the celebrations started here

09.45am – The flames passes the Civic Centre

Katie’s Statue, Harrow Town Centre

09.00am – Harrow Community Radio will be delivering a live broadcast, and the crowds can enjoy performances by Elevate Street Dance and the Merrydowners Morris Dancers

09.54am – The flame goes through the Town Centre

Harrow School, Harrow-on-the-Hill

09.00am – The Glen Trew Pipe Band and St Mary’s Church children’s choir provide a musical accompaniment to celebrations on the Hill. The church bells will also be rung to mark this historic moment.

10.08am – The flame goes over the top of the hill

St George’s Primary School

10.00am – Children from the school have been making flags and banners and will be lining the route to see the flame cross the border into Brent

10.18am – The flame heads down Sudbury Hill and out of the borough

Do’s & Don’ts

  • DO be aware of traffic congestion. Roads are to be closed and parking will be minimal causing heavy traffic on the outskirts of the torch route. You are advised to use public transport.
  • DON’T come to Headstone Manor for the start of the relay unless you have an invitation
  • DO come along to Headstone Manor after 10am for the family fun day
  • DO keep yourselves and your children safe by staying out of the road
  • DO bring some water to drink
  • DO check the weather forecast and dress accordingly
  • DO take your litter home with you
  • DO bring flags to wave and have a wonderful time!

Best places to view

Headstone Drive – between Harrow View and the Crown Court
Harrow Town Centre – between Debenhams and Barclays Bank
Peterborough Road – between Lowlands Road and Garlands Lane
Sudbury Hill – between Chasewood Park and St George’s School
For disabled people – Opposite Katie’s Statue in the Town Centre

Transport Information:

Full road closures with signs and barriers

Pinner view between the junction of Parkside way and Headstone Manor Park. Within this section there will also be a waiting restriction to prevent any on-street parking because the road is too narrow.

Pinner View, between Woodberry Avenue and Parkside Way
Station Road, Between the junctions of Sheepcote Road and College Road.
Please seek alternative routes and follow diversion signs where possible.


There will also be closures, banned turn and some no entry signage to traffic joining Peterborough Road, High street and London Road Between Tyburn Lane and Roxeth Hill to create a one way flow of traffic in the same direction as the torch convey as it travels towards Harrow on the hill past Harrow School.

Most road closures along the route will not be signed as these will be controlled only as either of the convoys passes a junction. This will result in minor delays of approximately 4 minutes when a convoy passes any given point. Residents coming to visit the relay are strongly advised not to bring a car as there is no parking provision.

For more information, please call Collette Bird (asst. Media Officer) on 020 8420 9361

To find out more about Harrow & the Olympics, please visit www.harrow.gov.uk/championingharrow

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